UDDANNELSESUGEN – UGE 41 ”Data Center Specialist” på Fredericia Maskinmesterskole

I sidste uge fik elever på Fredericia Maskinmesterskole og UCL, muligheden for at blive undervist i datacenterområdet fra topeksperter i branchen. Eksperter fra branchen inkluderede blandt andet DataCenterGruppen, Facebook, NNIT, Rentaload, Fuzion Climaventa, PM Energi, Starline, Legrand og Autronica.

af Arnth B. Nielsen, DataCenterGruppen

Alle sejl var sat til, da uge 41 skulle gennemføres, men grundet corona-restriktionerne, måtte en del af undervisningen foregå via Microsoft Teams.

Mandag begyndte med at Arnth B. Nielsen fra DataCenterGruppen og formand for Skills Gruppen Datacenter Industrien, bød velkommen til uddannelsesugen, samt havde et indlæg, om hvorfor det er så vigtigt, at vi uddanner unge mennesker til branchen.

Martin Vang Jeppesen fra NNIT havde et indlæg om, hvilke arbejdsopgaver der udføres i et datacenter. Martin har desuden skrevet en ”case”, som de studerende skal arbejde med frem til uge 47, hvor de skal fremlægge deres løsninger for denne opgave i plenum.

Dagen sluttede med et oplæg fra Niras A/S, hvor Christian Rueløkke gennemgik rådgiverens rolle i forbindelse med etablering af et datacenter, både før opstart og under opførelse.

Tirsdag bød på en række udenlandske undervisere, hvor Pierre-Luc Barbe fra Rentaload gennemgik forskellige løsninger på test af et datacenter, samt illustrerede vigtigheden af dette før datacentret kommer i drift.

Han lagde op til Ekkosense, som fortalte om det energieffektive datacenter, og hvordan dette kan være med til at reducere omkostninger samt forbedre PUE.

Tirsdagen sluttede med Andrea De Zuani fra Climaventa. Andrea gennemgik de grundlæggende kølingsprincipper for IT-køling, hvorefter kollegaen Giacomo Gatti fortalte om chiller teknologien i et datacenter.

Onsdag var dagen, hvor Multi Køl Energi A/S René Lyngø præsenterede 2 data center cases, samt hvilke muligheder der findes indenfor redundante køleløsninger og de forskellige metoder, der anvendes for køling af datacentre.

Dagen sluttede med 2 indlæg fra PM Energi, hvor salgschefen Anders Olesen fortalte om generatorprincipper. Herefter overtog kollegaen Jesper Stripp, produktansvarlig for UPS hos PM Energi, som gennemgik de forskellige UPS-teknologier, samt brugen af UPS i datacentre.

Torsdag var lagt i hænderne på produktspecialister, som alle beskæftiger sig med løsning på strømovervågning og distribution af strøm i datacentre.

Vi fik først en introduktion til Socomec. Remy Fassler, Sales Manager Denmark, Sweden, Norway havde et meget spændende indlæg, der fortalte Socomec`s historie.

Alex Metcalfe, som er Transversal Offer Manager for Socomec, fortalte blandt andet om ”power switching” løsninger for datacentre applikationer. Derefter gennemgik kollegaen Jerome Nuss deres power monitoring løsninger for datacentre applikationer.

Efter frokost præsenterede Starline deres løsninger for strøm distribution med deres Starline Busway system. Dette blev præsenteret af den nye Sales Manager, Carsten Verwaard, som havde allieret sig med sin Application Engineer II Andy West.

Dagen sluttede med en præsentation af Jesper Batsbjerg, som salgschef, Nordics, for Legrand. Her fik eleverne præsenteret et hav af anvendelsesmuligheder for PDU i datacentre.

Fredagen begyndte med et indlæg fra Autronica Fire & Security A/S, hvor Kasper Johansen gennemgik forskellige løsninger indenfor branddetektering i datacentret, samt de forskellige slukningsmidler.

Vi havde også et spændende indlæg fra Fuzion A/S, hvor den Adm. Direktør Per Claus Henriksen, havde et indlæg om det modulære data center, samt selveste opbygningen af datacentres infrastruktur.

Efter frokost havde vi fornøjelsen af et indlæg af Morten Tidemand fra Facebook, som fortalte om de generelle procedurer hos Facebook, samt hvordan det er at arbejde i et hyperscale datacenter.

Ugen sluttede med et oplæg af Arnth B. Nielsen fra DataCenterGruppen. Her blev der sat fokus på den fysiske sikkerhed i et data center, hvilke regler der gælder i planlægningsfasen, samt hvilke myndigheder der involveres.

Ugen blev afsluttet med feedback fra de studerende, som tages med til planlægningen af næste hold til data centerspecialistugen.

Der blev gjort en stor indsats af alle involverede, for at det skulle lykkedes at gennemføre programmet, trods udfordringerne med COVID-19 restriktioner. En stor tak til alle som deltog, både leverandører, de studerende, IT-afdelingen på Fredericia Maskinmesterskolen, samt udvalget for Skills & Education i DDI; Martin Vang Jeppesen fra NNIT og Christian Rueløkke fra Niras.

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Kontakt:

DataCenterGuppen

Salgschef/Datacentre

Arnth B Nielsen

Formand Skills & Education- Datacenter Industrien

Mobil:+45 41 57 77 08

 

Dansk vandkøling kan give klimaneutrale datacentre

Af Thomas Volder, formand for Datacenter Industrien

Mens alle leder efter små og store bidrag til 70 pct. reduktion af CO-udledningen, ligger et kæmpe potentiale lige for næsen af os. Men det går vores næse forbi, for masser af overskudsvarme ryger lige ud til fuglene. Dyrevenligt, men ikke klimavenligt, og vi misser chancen for at udvikle det klimaneutrale datacenter, der kan eksporteres til hele verden.

Alene de danske datacentre, der p.t. er offentliggjort planer om, kan opvarme flere hundrede tusinde boliger med overskudsvarme og eksisterende teknologi. Traditionelt afkøles dataserverne med luft, men der er endnu større potentiale i vandkøling.

Ligesom i en forbrændingsmotor giver vand en præcis og effektiv køling, som er mere energieffektiv. Som en sidegevinst får man 60-70 grader varmt kølevand, der kan sendes direkte ind i fjernvarmenettet – uden at hæve temperaturen med eldrevne varmepumper.

Meget cool, men er det ikke fremtidsmusik? Næh – f.eks. er den danske virksomhed Asetek pionér på området og har allerede leveret vandkøling til millioner af servere på det internationale marked. Deres gennembrud på det kæmpe marked for hyperscale og co-location datacentre vil accelerere med øgede klimakrav.

Ifølge en nylig Concito-rapport skal vi forvente lovkrav fremover som en del af EU’s Green Deal med bl.a. skrappere krav til energieffektivitet. Samtidig har alle tech-giganterne markante grønne ambitioner, så her er et kæmpe potentiale for dansk green tech.

Vi er allerede langt med udvikling af det klimaneutrale datacenter og samler alle gode kræfter i projekt TIDA – Test og Innovationscenter Danmark. Det bliver et testcenter for ny teknologi til det grønne datacenter, og udover brancheaktører har vi opbakning fra f.eks. Grundfos, Danfoss,
MT Højgaard og Novenco.

Politikere og forsyningsbranche kan hjælpe med at fjerne de sidste hurdles for overskudvarmen – teknisk og regulatorisk. Så kan vi sammen udvikle det grønne danske datacenter – og sælge det til hele verden.

New interdisciplinary collaboration to prepare young specialists for the data center industry

Fredericia Maskinmesterskole, UCL and the data center industry launched a new teaching course on Monday, which will prepare future IT specialists and marine engineers for a future career in the computer industry, ensuring a qualified workforce for a growing industry.

International tech giants such as Facebook and Google are well on their way to making their entrance in Denmark and large data centers are springing up around the country. In Fredericia, Google is building a new data center at the cost of 4.6 billion kroner. With the large investments also comes a desire for a qualified workforce to operate and maintain the data centers.

That is why Fredericia Maskinmesterskole and UCL together with representatives from the data center industry, who counts the datacenter industry’s association DDI, Google, DataCenterGruppen and NNIT, are collaborating on an elective course aimed at students in the study programs computer science, IT technology and marine engineering in Odense, Vejle and Fredericia.

Collaboration in the making since 2018

The collaboration, which has been in the making since 2018, launched on Monday with a kick-off event at Fredericia Maskinmesterskole, where students and the industry met one other. At Monday’s start up, the students received exciting presentations from leading data center specialists in Denmark, including Martin Jeppesen from NNIT and Arni Jonsson, head of the upcoming Google data center in Fredericia.

And Jens Færgemand Mikkelsen, director of resources at Fredericia Maskinmesterskole, is pleased.

– One of the biggest challenges for the data center industry is the lack of qualified labor, and therefore we are naturally happy to be able to start this collaboration on a new elective course between our two educational institutions and the data center industry.

Building a bridge between disciplines

In addition to the academic competencies that the students acquire in the elective course, Jens Færgemand Mikkelsen also hopes that they will be able to build a bridge and strengthen the understanding of each other’s work across the academic disciplines.

– One of the things we want with this elective is to work with the cultural side of things and try to get operators and data people to work together.

And it is precisely the collaboration between different disciplines that makes the project interesting, says Arnth B. Nielsen, who in addition to being sales manager in the DataCenter Group, is also chairman of the Skills group in the industry association DDI.

– I think this is the way forward. If we can put these 3 disciplines together and give them an understanding of how to run a data center, then there is a huge perspective in this. For that is exactly what the operators of the data centers are waiting for. It is a unique process and there is great focus from educational institutions and operators throughout Europe.

Students face international opportunities

One of the students who has signed up for the teaching course is Katrine Hansen, who is in the 8th semester of the marine engineering program. She hopes that the specialization in the data center industry can open the door to an international career.

– I think it could be exciting to be able to work in one of the very large companies within IT, such as Google, Facebook or Amazon. It is a great opportunity to become part of an international workplace and get out into the world.

Solar cell systems from Google used for the course

Back in 2019, Fredericia Maskinmesterskole received almost DKK 700,000 from Google for the establishment of a photovoltaic system on the roof of the school’s building on Købmagergade. A facility that in many ways resembles a data center, and which can therefore now be used for the practical part of the teaching process, where students from the 3 programs must practice collaborating and testing their different disciplines in maintenance and monitoring of the facility.

The first steps have also been taken to build a small-scale data center at Fredericia Maskinmesterskole. This is the first time that a data center is being built in Denmark for educational use, and thus it is a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience during their education. DataCenterGruppen is the main supplier of the project, which is supported by Google with 100,000 euros and a similar amount from other companies in the data center industry.

And it was precisely the chance to be able to work hands on that attracted Michael Nielsen, who is studying to become a computer scientist at UCL in Vejle.

– Working with this stuff on paper is one thing and you can form some ideas about the work. But to be allowed to participate in a project like this and get your hands dirty and be allowed to interact with the different branches within the area is another thing and an opportunity you would not get otherwise. So that’s great.

Kaj Bromose, a teacher at the computer science programme in Vejle, shares the students’ enthusiasm.

– The opportunities that students get from participating are multifaceted. There is the clear advantage that in practice they are put in a situation of having to deal with a domain they do not know. And being interesting to a data center industry that is growing wildly is a big advantage.

The training course runs until November. Along the way, students work in cross-cutting teams and solve real-life tasks and receive feedback from representatives from the data center industry.

Read original story here: https://www.ucl.dk/international/News/arcticle-test

Fremtidens datacenter: Nye krav til grøn omstilling, 5G og digital vækst

Dansk Erhverv, Datacenter Industrien og IT-Branchen holder konference om fremtidens datacenter og stiller spørgsmålet, hvad er de nye krav og løsninger i forhold til grøn omstilling, 5G-nettet og digital vækst i samfundet?

DDI Business Networking Dinner – d. 28. september 2020,  København (fra kl. 18.30) > Tilmelding

Fremtidens Data Center – d. 29. september 2020, København (13.00-16.00) > Tilmelding

Program

12.00 Velkomst og frokost 
13.00 Velkomst fra DDI og DE
13.15 Oplæg: Vejen til det klimapositive data center og Danmarks rolle
–        Anbefalinger fra Klimapartnerskabet for service, it og rådgivning-        Samfundets og markedets forventninger til grønne datacentre-        Løsningerne og mulighederne for DanmarkHans Jayatissa, Chief Technology Officer, KMD
13.30 Panel: Kan vi skabe klimaneutrale eller -positive datacentre i Danmark?

–        Udnyttelse af overskudsvarmen fra datacentre

–        Udvikling af sites i Danmark med nye klimaløsninger

–        Overskudsvarme i Stockholm Data Parks – er en dansk model mulig?

–        Styrkelse af samarbejdet mellem offentlige aktører, data centre og energisektoren

–        Hvordan kan data center udbydere, leverandører, service providers og end-users sammen skabe rammerne for klimaneutralitet i hele IT-infrastruktur kæden?

–        EU: kan krav fra EU om energieffektive løsninger fremme den grønne agenda?

Panel:

Peder Bank, MD, Nordics, Interxion

Karsten Rieder, Erhvervschef, Business Esbjerg

Jesper Kjærgaard, Projektchef, Aabenraa Kommune

André S. Eriksen, CEO, Asetek Group

14.10 Oplæg: Udvikling af edge infrastruktur i Danmark: Hvad er edge computing, og hvordan understøtter vi bedst 5G og IoT roll-outs i Danmark?

Bo Brandt Lassen, Senior System Consultant, Ericsson

14.25 Pause 
14:45 Panel: Hvordan fremtidssikrer vi datacentrene til 5G, IoT og digital vækst?
–        Hvilken rolle spiller edge computing og cloud i 5G-nettet?–        Nye muligheder med 5G og krav til datacentre–        Udvikling i datatrafikken–        Hvad forventer teleselskaberne af datacentre?

Panel:

Anders Greve, VP, BDS Region Nordics, Atos

Ole Kjeldsen, CTO, CISO, Microsoft Danmark & Iceland

Finn Carstens, Strategic Outsourcing & Business Development Executive, IBM

Jess Bech – Director of Commercial Technology Projects, Telenor

15.25 Oplæg: Vejen til det klimaneutrale data center: Hvordan kan vi skabe vækst med grønne data centre i Danmark?

Jørn Thorgaard, Special Advisor, Invest in Denmark

15.40 Panel: Data centre: Klimasynder eller klimagevinst for den grønne dagsorden?

–        Vedvarende energi – hvem betaler regningen?

–        Er der politisk vilje for en national datacenterstrategi?

–        Behov for opgør med ”Greenwashing”?

–        Markedsefterspørgsel og fælles pres om grønne krav

Panel:

Jakob Dybdal Christensen, Chief Market Manager, COWI

Rasmus Lildholdt Kjær, CEO, Better Energy

Ruben Kidde, Klimaordfører, Radikale Venstre

16.20-17.00 Afslutning 

 

DDI Business Networking Dinner – d. 28. september 2020,  København

DDI inviterer medlemmer til Business  Networking Dinner aftenen før arrangementet, “Fremtidens Datacenter” fra kl. 18.30.

Klik her for tilmelding til Business Networking Dinner

Sted: The Olive Kitchen & Bar, Nørregade 22

Pris: 500 DKK (inklusiv 3 Retters Menu + Vin )

 

DDI launches Danish Data Center Industry Ecosystem Guide

Denmark has a robust and growing ecosystem that revolves around the domestic data center industry. To get a clear and concise overview of all services, products and expertises that this ecosystem has to offer, the Danish Data Center Industry (DDI) has published a ‘Ecosystem Guide 2020’.

Click here to download the Ecoystem Guide 2020.

Denmark is a relatively new, but rapidly evolving data center hub in the Nordics. In recent years, Denmark has seen notable IT investments from international and domestic investors, expanding the Danish digital infrastructure landscape. These developments have contributed to the continuous growth of the regional data center ecosystem. The Danish data center industry is a fast-growing sector in Denmark, which has spurred on a thriving ecosystem of high-quality suppliers. These include suppliers that assist data center operators in the initial financing, planning, design and build phase.

Suppliers delivering infrastructure and architecture products and services (power, cooling, cabling, connectivity) to assist with the setup of the data center. And when the data center is fully operational, suppliers that assist data centers in running their data center from maintenance and cleaning services to legal and security services.

In this comprehensive Danish data center ecosystem guide, we highlight almost 70 companies that are members of the Danish Data Center Industry. We are delighted to present the leading suppliers of technology and services to the data center industry in Denmark. With this eGuide, DDI seeks to provide an overview which will help organisations make informed decisions, whether you are looking to invest, build, operate or expand your services in the Danish data center market.

 

CONTENT

1. Design & Construction
I Investment, Promotion Agencies, Municipalities
II Site Due Diligence, Design, Engineering, Construction

2. Build & Operate
I Technical Infrastructure & Architecture

3. Data Center Operators
I Colocation, cloud, enterprise

4. Education/Consulting
I Education, Legal, Advisory, Business Network

 

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

Data Centers Denmark Postponed until 2021

After close consultation with our partners in the data center industry, DDI and UNEP-DTU Partnership have made the difficult decision to altogether postpone the 2020 edition of the Data Centers Denmark conference to 2021. Currently, we have two dates on hold in March and May, which will be released by the end of September 2020.

In 2019, the conference gathered 13 different nations at the UN City in Copenhagen. Whilst the COVID situation is improving in some parts of the world, there is still a great deal of uncertainty with international travel, and many companies have decided to put a hold on international travel for the rest of the year. We have therefore decided to postpone the event to 2021, where we are committed to host both our regional and international guests in Copenhagen next year.

Having spent the past year preparing for the conference with our advisors, speakers and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time. However, we are fully committed to the safety of our community as well as following official government guidelines during these challenging times.

We want to thank all our partners for their support, open discussions, and encouragement. We very much look forward to hosting the Data Centers Denmark conference at the UN City in Copenhagen next year.

 

Event registration:

All event registration will automatically be applied to the rescheduled event unless a refund is requested. The latest information will always be available at www.datacentersdenmark.com. For any further enquiries, please contact merima@datacenterindustrien.dk

Further information on the programme, and any new developments, will be communicated accordingly.

We look forward to hosting you in 2021. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

DDI & UNEP-DTU Partnership

 

Fredericia Maskinmesterskole bygger nyt minidatacenter med støtte fra Google og datacenterindustrien

Fredericia Maskinmesterskole (FMS) skruer nu op for ambitionerne og bygger – som noget nyt i dansk sammenhæng – et minidatacenter på skolen. Det sker, efter at Google har valgt at støtte projektet med 100.000 Euro, svarende til små 750.000 kroner. Med minidatacentret vil man komme tæt på den virkelighed, de studerende vil møde som uddannede maskinmestre i datacenterindustrien.

Initiativet bliver en del af det nye datacentervalgfag, som studerende fra sommeren 2020 kan tage på FMS. Ud over at opbevare data kan et datacenter være et større eller mindre højteknologisk kompleks: En masse energi kommer ind, og en masse energi sendes ud igen. Energi skal lagres i store batterier, serverrum skal afkøles, og den overskydende varme fra anlægget skal gerne anvendes, så den ikke går til spilde. For eksempel bliver overskudsvarme fra de store datacentre flere steder sendt videre som fjernvarme og kommer derved lokalområdet til gode. Maskinmesteren har de faglige kompetencer til at føre tilsyn med denne type anlæg og have ansvaret for daglig drift og vedligehold.

“Samarbejdet med Google har skudt en udvikling i gang og medført nogle muligheder, som vi ellers ikke havde fået,” udtaler jens Færgemand Mikkelsen, som er ressourcedirektør på maskinmesterskolen, og som har været en del af arbejdet med det nye valgfag fra dag et. ”Google har været en fantastisk partner, som har stolet på, at vi kunne løfte opgaven, så de roligt kunne støtte vores arbejde med at skaffe mere af den arbejdskraft, som datacenterbranchen mangler. De har desuden været rigtig gode sparringspartnere og har faciliteret netværk til uddannelsesinstitutioner i Europa, som vi nu samarbejder med om uddannelser til branchen. Hele processen har virkelig givet os et løft ind i fremtiden og ud i verden.”
FMS har i hele planlægningsfasen af det nye valgfag haft en god og konstruktiv dialog med ledelsen på det datacenter, Google er ved at bygge i Taulov. I slutningen af 2019 fik skolen bevilget midler fra Google til at installere et solcelleanlæg på toppen af den ene bygning i Købmagergade i Fredericia. Anlægget skal bruges i undervisningen på det nye valgfag, men kan også bruges generelt i undervisningen og til projekter på skolen. Næste skridt i udviklingen er det kommende minidatacenter. Hos Google er kommunikationschef Jesper Vangkilde glad for det udvidede samarbejde forud for åbningen af det ‘rigtige’ datacenter til efteråret.

“Maskinmesterskolen har vist sig utrolig fremsynet, og vi er glade over at kunne understøtte den faglige udvikling på skolen. Datacentre er en industri, som rummer rigtig spændende muligheder inden for f.eks. innovation og grøn energi, som er centralt for Google. Det håber jeg, at en masse studerende vil gøre brug af,” siger Jesper Vangkilde.

Mini-datacenteret kommer til at bestå af seks såkaldte racks med servere og et tilhørende kølesystem. Strømforbrug, temperatur osv. vil kunne overvåges af et DCIM-system (data center infrastrucure management), og med en såkaldt load bank vil man kunne simulere forskellig grad af belastning af systemet, så de studerende vil kunne lave øvelser i undervisningen. Eksempler på øvelser kunne være optimering af temperatur og køling, eller man kunne simulere tab af energiforsyning, så man er afhængig af nødstrømsanlæg. Alt dette vil give de studerende et helt unikt indblik i arbejdet på et datacenter og give dem en hands-on-erfaring, som man ikke bare lige får i denne branche.

Ud over bidraget fra Google vil andre virksomheder inden for datacenterbranchen ligeledes støtte projektet, idet det er det første datacenter, der bygges i landet, som udelukkende er til uddannelsesbrug. Det forventes blandt andet, at virksomheder, der leverer fysisk udstyr og software til datacentre, samt rådgivningsvirksomheder tilsammen til bidrage med et beløb, der matcher Googles donation.

“At opbygge et minidatacenter til undervisningsbrug i samarbejde med leverandører fra datacenterindustrien er helt unikt. Det sætter Danmark på verdenskortet ved at vi har en af de førende uddannelsesinstitutioner ift. uddannelse af medarbejdere til drift af datacentre,” siger salgschef Arnth B. Nielsen fra Datacentergruppen, der er valgt som hovedleverandør på minidatacenteret.

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For uddybende spørgsmål kontakt venligst:

FMS: Ressourcedirektør Jens Færgemand Mikkelsen, 23235119/jfm@fms.dk

Google: Kommunikationschef Jesper Vangkilde, 22575955/vangkilde@google.com

Datacentergruppen: Salgschef Arnth B. Nielsen, 41577708/an@datacentergruppen.dk

DDI VIRTUAL DAY

DDI is taking our networking meetup for members to a virtual platform. Join us on 16th June from 10.30-16.00, where we are hosting a mix of industry-led presentations, panels, interactive discussions and workshops. Register below for the individual sessions.

 

AGENDA

SESSION 1: PRESENTATIONS >REGISTER

10.30-10.40 Presentation: Update on DDI in 2020, COVID-19 and more

Henrik Hansen, CEO, Danish Data Center Industry 

10.40-11.00  Presentation: Edge, 5g and IOT: Infrastructural opportunities and challenges in Denmark

Speaker: Anders Greve, Head of Big Data and Cyber Security, Atos

11.00-11.20 Presentation: Project brownfield: How do you upgrade and retrofit your legacy infrastructure for optimal energy efficiency

Speaker: Robert Tozer, Director, Operational Intelligence 

11.20 -11.30  Audience Q&A

 

SESSION 2: PANEL > REGISTER

12.30-13.00 Panel discussion: The role of data centers in the Danish Green transition

  • Market dynamics: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Market conditions and policy frameworks
  • How do we integrate the data center into our energy networks?
  • Opportunities for vendors on the Danish market
  • Future development for the Danish data center industry

Panel:

Halvor Bjerke, COO, DIGIPLEX

Jonas Nihøj, Director, Energy Trading & PPA, EUROPEAN ENERGY

Peder Nærbø, Founder, BULK INFRASTRUCTURE

Peter Hellberg, Data Center Manager, VATTENFALL

 

SESSION 3: INTERACTIVE PANEL – TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSION > REGISTER

14.00-14.40 Interactive Panel discussion: How is COVID-19 impacting operations in Denmark and how do we best deal with the aftermath of the global pandemic?

• Data centers as mission-critical functions in society
• How do vendors and operators keep business running during COVID-19 restrictions?
– How can we ensure that our industry is recognised as a mission-critical function in our society?

Led by Henrik Hansen, CEO, Danish Data Center Industry

 

SESSION 4: WORKSHOPS 

15.00-16.00 Workshops via Microsoft Teams

Data center skills challenges and opportunities Sign up

180.000 DKK to literature: Facebook Odense Data Center donates to libraries in Odense

Facebook Odense Data Center has donated DKK 180,000 to Odense Libraries and to the Citizen Service Center, to cover the costs associated with increased digital lending during the corona crisis.

BY JULIE SCHUSTER LAPP, TV2 FYN

Since the lockdown measures due to COVID-19 were introduced in early March, the citizens of Odense have been lending books, audiobooks, and music digitally from Odense Libraries.  The libraries have experienced a 200-300% increase in e-book and audiobooks lending. This has led to increased cost in keeping up with the spikes in demand for digital services for the libraries.

Facebook Odense Data Center has stepped up and decided to support the local libraries by donating 180.000 DKK, which will help the libraries in Odense to maintain their digital services, as well as build upon expanding their digital platforms for future demands.

“ We are grateful for Facebook’s support in our digital library services. This donation shows that their presence in Odense has a wider impact, stretching to necessary basic functions in our community, which benefits many citizens here”, said Kent Skov, the Director of Odense’s Libraries.

Supports digital platforms

Facebook, who announced their Odense data center build in 2017, are ready to support digital initiatives wherever they can.

“Facebook is about connecting people and communities, as well as utilizing the power of technology. When we found out that the lockdown measures increased the interest in digital content in Odense, but added to the costs for the libraries, we stepped up to the occasion to support Odense Libraries and the Citizen Service Center”, said Carsten Sørensen, Site Manager at Facebook Odense Data Center.

For the data center,  access to digital content especially for students is viewed as a vital function to maintain their studies from home.

Odense Libraries, who has around 500,000 yearly visitors on their website, and lending around 2 million books, are set on expanding the digital platforms, and donations such as the one from Facebook helps Odense Libraries to achieve this after the crisis.

”We are committed to play a positive role and invest in the long-term vitality of the community in which we operate in”, concludes Carsen Sørensen.

Read the full article in Danish here.

 

Data centers as a source of flexibility for low-carbon energy system

Janne Paananen, Technology Manager, Critical Power Solutions, Eaton, EMEA, shares his views on how data centers can be a source of fast frequency response and virtual inertia.

Originally released in: Danish Data Center Market Outlook 2020

Data centers and ICT infrastructure are using vast amount of energy to provide digital services for societies, that are used mainly for our entertainment. Even though new technologies are more energy efficient, the even faster growth in digital services and data usage outgrows the gains in energy efficiency, which leads to increasing power demand. As a result, the global energy demand by data centers and ICT is expected to grow in the upcoming years, making it more difficult to meet our targets to reduce GHG-emissions.

The big global data center companies are amongst the largest global users of renewable energy and frequently announce new PPA’s, which support their goal to become carbon neutral, or even negative, in the future. This drives to higher penetration of wind and solar power to grid and reduces emissions. While doing so, it also poses a challenge for the TSO’s, whose responsibility is to maintain system balance and reliability.

Firstly, the intermittent nature of variable renewable energy (VRE) requires more flexibility and reserves in the system to compensate for variations in wind and solar power generation. The changes in wind and weather conditions can be forecasted rather well and the time scales are from minutes to hours or days.

Secondly, the wind and solar are non-synchronous, meaning that they do not have a spinning mass directly coupled to system voltage and frequency. As a result, the inertia that is formed by all the spinning mass in the grid, is reducing. Inertia has a stabilizing effect to frequency variations, caused by imbalances between demand and supply, and it plays a crucial role especially during contingency events when a sudden loss of generation capacity from the system occurs. In a system with low inertia, there’s less stabilizing force, and frequency variations are faster and larger, where traditional generation does not respond fast enough to contain the frequency. This asks for new types of frequency containment reserves, such as Fast Frequency Response in the Irish and Nordic markets. These are typically based on power electronics and batteries or fast load shedding.

Leveraging UPS tech to balance sustainable energy demand

Without fast enough response from the system, the amount of renewable generation may need to be limited, leading to curtailment of wind and solar power. It does not matter how many PPA’s are in place, if the system cannot tolerate more non-synchronous generation from a reliability aspect. The amount of renewable generation may be limited due to system capabilities.

Opposite to demand response, FFR type services are not energy intensive or require large energy storage. Those activate rarely, for some seconds, and are therefore suitable also for traditional batteries in a data center. Other types of frequency containment, and demand response, requires other types of batteries, such as lithium technology aimed for cyclic use.

Suitability of a static UPS in a data center for frequency regulation has been proven in various pilots conducted in Europe and US. When equipped with correct control algorithms, the demand can be seamlessly and quickly controlled between mains and batteries, whilst remaining connected to the grid, and this can be load independent. Furthermore, the amount of energy used from batteries can be limited to provide enough back-up time for critical loads. Thus, with the correct technology, the benefits of the asset can be maximized, in a fail-safe manner.

Above technology enables data center owners to achieve better value from their assets. By leveraging modern UPS technology and its energy management capabilities, it can be used to achieve savings in energy costs through demand response, or to generate additional revenue by participating in frequency regulation. In respect to UPS system OPEX and TCO, this can turn things upside down, and a UPS can generate income instead of being an expense. From another point of view, the overall cost of energy can be reduced by new revenue streams from energy markets.

And as the most important aspect, by providing necessary flexibility and fast response, the data centers can help to increase penetration of renewable energy in the grid, making electricity cleaner for everyone, while helping to maintain grid reliability. This also has positive impacts on cost of energy, since leveraging existing assets, instead of building new separate reserve units, reduces the investment cost associated with future low carbon power system, resulting in lower energy prices and tariffs.